Six new players join the ranks at JRFC


Jersey RFC have confirmed the signings of six new players as preparations continue for the club's first season in the RFU Championship.

The new faces have reported for pre-season conditioning with the rest of the 1st XV squad, who will play their first league match of the new season on September 1st after friendly games in August against Leicester Tigers and Loughborough Students.

The new signings revealed by Director of Rugby Ben Harvey are as follows:

Richard Barrington, prop, aged 22. Former Gloucester Academy player who played for Hartpury College in their promotion-winning season in National 3 SW in 2011/12. Representative honours include England Students and the Barbarians.

Steve Boden, hooker, aged 29. Joins from Doncaster, where he played for seven seasons, amassing more than 150 appearances.

Tom Cooper, centre, aged 25. Played for Cornish Pirates in 2011/12, when his 16 appearances included the second leg of the Championship Final against London Welsh. Previously played for the (Newport Gwent) Dragons in South Wales for two seasons.

Joel Dudley, scrum-half, aged 20. A member of the Academy section at Worcester Warriors during 2011/12, when he also played as a dual-registered player for both Birmingham & Solihull Bees and Bromsgrove.

Dave Markham, lock, aged 20. Played in the LV Cup for Leicester Tigers in 2010/11 before joining Gloucester last season. He played for both Birmingham & Solihull Bees and Cinderford as a dual-registered player in 2011/12.

Sean McCarthy, prop, aged 21. A former member of the Worcester Academy who played for Birmingham & Solihull Bees in 2011/12. His former clubs include Nuneaton and Rugby Lions.

Ben Harvey states: "I'm delighted to have six quality players joining the squad as we build towards the new season. I expect it to be a tough campaign at the new level and the aim has been to strengthen the squad.

"I've talked to a lot of players and agents over the past two months and have been able to secure some new signings of real calibre - not only are they very capable players, but they possess the right character traits to become real assets to the club. They will be working with all the retained players from last season, and I anticipate some stiff competition for places once the season is upon us.

"I'm still talking to one or two more players, and hope to be able to finalise the squad before the end of June."

Jersey RFC had previously confirmed that two former players would be returning to the 1st XV squad: Lock Talite Vaoileti is returning to Jersey with his wife and family after two seasons playing in Yorkshire for Wharfedale and Rotherham, while prop Ross Kenwright will also take his place in the squad after a season's sabbatical.


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